Bulgaria is an ancient territory with a rich history, filled with spectacular natural landscapes and traces of lost civilizations. Its historical and cultural landmarks are known all over the world.
This tour manages to capture the essence of the history, culture and traditions of Bulgaria along with its chief must-sees, all in 4 breathtaking days.

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Bulgaria is an ancient territory with a rich history, filled with spectacular natural landscapes and traces of lost civilizations. Its historical and cultural landmarks are known all over the world.
This tour manages to capture the essence of the history, culture and traditions of Bulgaria along with its chief must-sees, all in 4 breathtaking days.

Explore Rila Monastery, Sofia, Koprivshtitsa and Plovdiv and walk among the remnants of ancient civilizations in UNESCO World heritage sites.

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Trip offered by Nadia Spoken languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish Travel expert in Bulgaria

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Sofia
  • End Sofia
  • Countries
    • Bulgaria
  • City
    • Sofia
    • Koprivshtitsa
    • Plovdiv
  • Theme Meeting local people
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Sofia
    Day 1 Transfer by bus

    Arrival in Sofia. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Sofia. 

    Visited places:
    • Sofia
  • 2
    Sofia
    Day 2

    We’ll start the day with a trip to Rila Monastery – the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and one of the country’s most emblematic cultural landmarks. Rila Monastery is one of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

    In the afternoon, we’ll go on a sightseeing tour of Sofia’s top attractions. 
    The Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the largest Orthodox Christian cathedrals in the world and the second largest on the Balkan peninsula. 
    The Saint Sophia Basilica is a red-brick church is stands atop the foundations of a sacred temple built in Roman times. The city of Sofia is named after this basilica.
    The Church of St. George, built by the Romans is in the 4th century, is an early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia. 
    The Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker is a beautiful golden-domed church designed in the Russian Revival Style. Visually, it is unlike any other Orthodox church in Bulgaria. 
    The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is an example of neoclassical architecture is so spectacular that you will want to carry the memory home with you. 

    Overnight in Sofia.

     

    Visited places:
    • Sofia
  • 3
    Sofia - Koprivshtitsa - Plovdiv
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    A visit to Koprivshtitsa and its Old Town – a place strewn with countless cultural and historical landmarks, including houses, churches, museums, water fountains, an ossuary, bridges and monuments. It is home to a large number of historic house-museums that once belonged to important revolutionaries and historical figures. We’ll explore its history-laden streets and visits its main attractions.

    From there, we’ll be transferred to Plovdiv - the most ancient currently inhabited city in Europe, with a history that dates back to 6th millennium BC. Plovdiv is a rich tapestry of several different cultures and historical periods, and rightful bearer of the title 2019 European Capital of Culture.

    Overnight in Plovdiv

     

    Visited places:
    • Sofia
    • Koprivshtitsa
    • Plovdiv
  • 4
    Plovdiv
    Day 4

    Sightseeing in Plovdiv. We’ll start with a visit to the Old Town – a historical and architectural reserve known for its buildings in the style of the Bulgarian Revival Period, ancient Roman and Thracian ruins, various monuments and landmarks.

    A definite must-see are the Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum and Nebet Tepe – one of the hills upon which the Old Town is built, and the location of what remains of an ancient Thracian fortress.

    Down the street from there are the Balabanov and Hindliyan Houses, built in the 1835-1840 and known for their impressive architecture, furniture, wall paintings and intricate wood-carved ceilings.
    The crown jewel of this city is the Roman Theatre, also known as the Ancient Theatre of Philipoppol – one of the best preserved in the world. Constructed in the 1st century AD, it was used for theatre performances, gladiator games and hunting spectacles. It is still in use today as a stage for cultural events.
    After the Old Town, we’ll go down to the Main Shopping Street.

    The ancient Roman Stadium is mostly buried beneath the city, except for its Northern part, which is uncovered and open to visitors. Games similar to the Pythian Games in Greece were held in the stadium. Visitors can watch video projections telling the story of the Stadium and see a small-scale model of it in full, including the uncovered part.
    Next is Kapana (i.e. “the Trap”) – Plovdiv’s famed art corner. Situated just to the right of this part of the Centrum and made up of a labyrinth of intertwining streets lined with modern art stores, stylish little cafes, building walls colorfully painted by talented street artists and constantly changing pieces of modern art scattered around every corner.

     

    Visited places:
    • Plovdiv
  • 5
    End of tour
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Departure: Plovdiv-Sofia Airport

    Visited places:
    • Plovdiv
    • Sofia
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Professional English-speaking tour guide
    • Accommodation in 3-star hotels in double rooms on half board
    • Transfers

    Price does not include
    • Flights
    • Entrance fees
    • Single room: +15€
    • Personal expenses
    • Anything not explicitly stated